A Dedicated Team Putting Progress in Motion

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) staff works to raise funding and awareness for the Atlanta BeltLine project. ABP works closely with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. the City of Atlanta, and partner organizations to make the Atlanta BeltLine vision a reality.

Rob Brawner

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Executive Director


Rob Brawner is the Executive Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Leveraging the Partnership’s staff and consultants, and working closely with the Board of Directors and other stakeholders, Rob leads the Partnership in its broad-based, collaborative focus on ensuring the promise of stronger communities and equitable, sustainable benefit to the 45 Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods and beyond. His responsibilities include the development and implementation of the Partnership’s strategic plan, as well as capital and operational fundraising – and stewardship of the private and philanthropic funds that support of the construction of the project.

Prior to joining the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Rob built his operations and management expertise during an eight year career at McMaster-Carr, which included roles as Director of Sales and Marketing and Director of Physical Distribution. He graduated with honors from Princeton University in 1996 with a degree in Economics and two NCAA National Championships in lacrosse. He received his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2006.

Rob has been actively engaged with many local non-profit organizations since moving to Atlanta in 1996. He enjoys living, working, exercising, and playing on the Atlanta BeltLine.

David A. Jackson

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Deputy Executive Director


David A. Jackson is the Deputy Executive Director for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. David leads the work for two critical parts of the Partnership’s mission: engaging the public and empowering residents in the Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. His responsibilities include working with partners to implement programs and strategies that engage users of the Atlanta BeltLine and strengthen Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods in the areas of health, housing and economic opportunity.

David is a native New Yorker who has called metro Atlanta home for almost twenty years. He holds a B.S. in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. David has held leadership roles in housing, philanthropic, community economic development, and neighborhood revitalization organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, The Center for Working Families and New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

David has served on boards of several Atlanta non-profits and is engaged with organizations working to improve conditions in Atlanta’s underserved communities.

Salisha Evans

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Director of Partnerships and Development


Salisha Evans is the Director of Partnerships and Development and manages the Partnership’s capital and operational fundraising efforts. In this role, she works with individuals, private companies, and philanthropic institutions looking to become involved with Atlanta BeltLine Partnership programming, events and charitable giving.

Salisha is an Atlanta native and holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a MPA in non-profit management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She has worked in development at the American Red Cross and the Be The Match Foundation, and for eight years she managed fundraising campaigns for Coxe Curry & Associates, Atlanta’s oldest non-profit consulting firm. Salisha volunteers with numerous organizations in Atlanta and is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and the League of Women Voters.

Jess Hunt-Ralston

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Marketing and Communications Director


Jess Hunt-Ralston is the Marketing and Communications Director and manages content, engagement and storytelling across the Partnership’s spectrum of programs, events and fundraising efforts.

Jess is a native of North Georgia and has called Atlanta home since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s with honors in industrial design from Georgia Tech, where she worked in communications for eight years. She can often be found gardening, hiking, biking and exploring the Atlanta BeltLine alongside her two dogs, Kipper and Pimms Cup.

Alice Weston

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Program Manager


Alice Weston is the Program Manager and coordinates public programming including the Free Fitness Series, tours, the Neighborhood Festival Series, volunteers, and the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series.

Alice is a Savannah native and a current “Cabbagetown townie.” She holds B.A.’s in both Human Rights and Photography from Bard College. Alice was previously the Manager of Visitor Experience at the Museum of Design Atlanta and interned at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Alice can often be found eating King of Pops and walking the Eastside trail with her beagle/hound mix June.

Natalie Aiken

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Development Manager


Natalie Aiken is the Development Manager who, in coordination with the Director of Partnerships and Development, manages the Partnership’s capital and operational fundraising efforts including donor acknowledgment, reporting and support for programs and events.

Natalie is a northerner at heart—she grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania—but made a permanent move to Atlanta in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC. She has worked in development at both Atlanta International School and Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Natalie volunteers with many organizations including the Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Shepherd Center and the Junior League of Atlanta.

John Becker

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Engagement Coordinator


John Becker is the Partnership’s Engagement Coordinator. In this capacity, John assists the Program Manager with management of the bus, bike and walking tour programs; the volunteer/surrogate speaker program; and the volunteer and event support programs. John also assists the Director of Marketing and Communications with production of social media and website content and handles event and outreach photography for the Partnership.

John came to Atlanta in 1981 after graduating from Auburn University and has lived here ever since. He became fascinated with the Atlanta BeltLine project during construction of the Eastside Trail, documenting that construction and early Art on the Atlanta BeltLine exhibitions while in charge of communications for the Virginia-Highland Civic Association. In his spare time, John enjoys cycling and digital photography, and he’s a passionate fan of his beloved Auburn Tigers. John lives in a condo on the Eastside Trail in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, just a short bike ride from the Partnership’s Stoveworks offices.

Jen Treman

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Office Manager


Jen Treman is the Office Manager and provides administrative and office support to the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership staff.

Jen is a native of North Carolina but has called Georgia home since 2010. She holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Georgia, recently receiving her advanced degree in Nonprofit Management. Jen was previously the nonprofit management intern at Georgia River Network.

Jen has a weakness for all things ‘animal’ and she is passionate about environmental sustainability issues. In her spare time, Jen enjoys creating vegetarian feasts & rummaging through antique stores.

Maia Mercer

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership

Individual Giving Manager


Maia Mercer is the Individual Giving Manager and works closely with the Development team to grow individual giving for the Atlanta Beltline Partnership.

Maia is originally from Seattle and recently relocated to Atlanta from San Diego. She holds a bachelor’s in communications arts from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon and has worked at a number of nonprofit membership organizations throughout Seattle and San Diego.

Maia lives in Virginia-Highland. In her free time she enjoys traveling and trying new vegan foods.